Saturday, January 16, 2016

Graphic Novel Review of How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge
Synopsis: "Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!

Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find—and outwit—the giant troll who’s got it!

A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine."

My Review: I was not expecting this book to be so religion based, I thought it was going to be more adventure based. While it wasn't what I was expecting it was a nice look into the culture and religion. It is also a great book for young girls who are trying to wade their way through pre-teen life. I really did end up enjoying this graphic novel, especially the family connections throughout the book. I also liked how there were words that had little translations at the bottom.
My Rating: While it wasn't what I was expecting it was still an enjoyable read. It had some very strong family, community and cultural connections.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.


  1. The cover is quirky and cute. I would never have thought this book, based on the cover and synopsis, was so religious. Weird.

    1. It does mention the Jewish community in the synopsis but it doesn't really make it clear that the book revolves around their beliefs and values. I didn't mind it too much it just wasn't what I was expecting.